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Reducing dropouts in online education: Group tutoring in virtual seminars and support structures
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2012 (English)In: Proceedings of Research in Educational Technology: Development and Practice.: The International Conference of Information Communication Technologies in Education / [ed] G. Mallia, 2012, 273-282 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper describes a development project aimed at reducing the large number of dropouts in online degree project courses. The idea was that the introduction of group tutorials in virtual seminars, combined with extensive support materials, would reduce dropout rates. Among the students who participated, the dropout rate was reduced by 50% compared to previous courses. While all supervisors and students saw the support structure as an important function, there was some resistance among the supervisors towards the virtual seminars, probably due to existing tutorial cultures and organizational structures.

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2012. 273-282 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-57233ISBN: 978-99957-0-244-1OAI: diva2:540533
International Conference on Information Communication Technologies in Education, Rhodes, Greece, july, 2012
Available from: 2012-07-11 Created: 2012-07-10 Last updated: 2012-07-11Bibliographically approved

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